“Large malls” in New York won’t be authorized to reopen till they put in air-infiltration devices that block coronavirus particles, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Monday.
“There are HEPA filters — which are significant-efficiency particle air filters — that can really filter out the COVID virus,” Cuomo stated at a press briefing.
“The COVID virus is .1 microns. There are HEPA filters that can filter out .01. So any malls that will open up in New York, huge malls, we will make it necessary that they have air-filtration systems that can filter out the COVID virus,” he stated.
“We have been searching at this problem because you look all-around the state, you see malls, you see air-conditioning systems, indoor room that have been problematic, and we think this presents promise,” the governor included.
Cuomo did not say when the major malls would be permitted to reopen even with the air-infiltration units.
A mall-industry resource later on advised The Put up, “From what we can convey to, no mall house owners have these programs in position.
“We have other kinds of [air-filtering] units that are used” the source mentioned, introducing that it is unclear as to the potential value of the new state mandate “because this is a little something that just got sprung today” by Cuomo.
“I have not heard of these units being made use of in frequent industrial structures,” the supply included of the special air filters, which Cuomo reported have been researched by NASA.